Vintage Lamps + Bold Vintage Fabric Shades

If you're a thrifter like me, then you most likely have a stash of vintage lamp bases (sans shades) and you have no idea what you're going to do with them. The original shades rarely survive the test of time, so we're left desperately trying to find a shade to compliment the vintage base. This is an un-ending search, I accept that now.
A plain white drum shade just isn't going to cut it. It's got to be something interesting. So why not go all the way?
I just luuuv the idea of using some bold vintage fabric and covering a plain modern drum shade. The brighter and quirkier the combination, the better.

I've been cleaning house preparing for our move and have uncovered at least 3 vintage lamp bases awaiting shades so far. So I searched around and found this tutorial for covering shades that looks very do-able. If you are feeling extra ambitious you could even make a shade.  I just happen to have a stash of fabric that will suit the bases perfectly. And to think I've had these perfect matches under my roof all this time and never thought of pairing them up until now. Change brings about creativity I suppose.

If DIY ain't your thang, the folks responsible for some of these beauties above can do it for you. 

Most of these are Australia or UK based. I wasn't able to find anyone doing these style of shades here in the US, but if you know of any please let me know in the comments, I'd love to check them out. 



Boho-tastic New House Inspiration

The house search is getting real guys.We might actually be home owners before Christmas if all goes as planned. Wow. Sh*t just got real. As much as this little 70's Townhouse feels like home now, we are quickly outgrowing it. With my husband and I, our 2 year old daughter, 2 cats, 1 dog and a bird... thangs are getting a tad cramped in our 1000 sq ft of poorly layed out space.

We're hoping to land a 1970's ranch style home with some groovy 70's modern details.  I'm excited to be all on one level and have an open living area so I can monitor my little one easier.  I'm even more excited to do WHATEVER I WANT with my own damn space.  After renting for the last 17 years or so, I've had enough of the do-little landlord scene.  I'll be in control of my design destiny at last!

I've been arranging my ideas into inspiration boards so I thought I'd share them with you. As always, vintage furniture, art and accessories, plants and boho rugs are a theme. My signature color scheme is surfacing too, as usual (raspberry, cobalt, natural wood and sometimes a touch of black and brass.)

I realize to make these design dreams come true, I'm going to have to get really lucky in the rug & thrift find department. Pray to the thrifting gods for me ya'll. Splurging on anything as beautiful as the ones in these pics is not going to be in the budget for a long time. We plan on buying a bit of a fixer-upper, so our cash will be going towards improvements to the house itself for awhile. All furniture and accessories will have to be very creatively acquired in the meantime. Which is kinda my specialty anyway, so that's coooool with me.

I love the look of darker cabinets on the bottom with white on top. Then some open shelving instead of some upper cabinets. Again things are hinging on a great rug in these rooms.

A proper dining room is on the list of must haves. We have what basically amounts to a nook in the area that leads to the kitchen now. It will be awesome to have space to stretch out and finally be able to entertain. Sit down dinners with guests might even happen too, who knows?
So there you have my boho-tastic inspiration boards for the living areas. I'm still working on the bedrooms and bathrooms and yard. I'll share em' once I pull them together.

 Happy Weekend Ya'll! 
Peace Out